All future Porsche models will be available in hybrid versions, Daniel Semmer said at the company’s Panamera Hybrid Technology Workshop. The British magazine Autocar reported that the move is part of a new strategy to reduce fuel consumption at everyday speeds.
Porsche has designed a new hybrid module, which combines an electric motor and clutches in one unit, to fit into all its future vehicles. The new hybrid module will be both water- and air-cooled, will be more powerful than the 94 bhp electric motor in the new plug-in Panamera, and will feature a better battery pack and a lighter wiring loom, with aluminum instead of copper wires.
Porsche is also working on a wireless charging system, as well as a next-generation plug-in transmission, which will probably debut in the next-generation Panamera, due in 2016. The system, part of a new drive platform called MSB, may also appear in a future hybrid Bentley.
Of course, it’s not all about fuel economy – Porsche is also pushing the performance advantages of a hybrid drivetrain. Porsche told Autocar that the new Panamera plug-in’s 3.0-liter V6 and electric motor combine to generate an output of 416 bhp and 435 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to smoke its way to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.